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What does Desmond mean?

Desmond Pronunciation of Desmond [desmond] as a boys' name is pronounced DEZ-mund. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Desmond is "from South Munster". An Irish surname referring to Munster, one of the five regions of ancient Ireland. South African cleric and activist Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Associated with: irish, surname, ancient (old).


Desmond has 3 variants: Des, Desmund and Dezmond.

Creative forms:
(male) Delmond, Dermond, ..

(female) Desdon, ..

Middle name pairings:
Desmond Lewis (D.L.), ..

How popular is Desmond?

Desmond is a very prominent first name for males (#581 out of 1220, Top 48%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#4514 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Desmond entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its peak position of #264 in the U.S. in 1992, and is presently at #351. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Desmond name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Desmond outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Dezmond (#1363 the previous year) is the only other popular alternative form of Desmond (#351 the previous year). These forms of Desmond were favored by parents 1 year ago (average #869) and have remained as popular to this day (#857, down 6%). Desmond is the most contemporarily stylish baby name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Desmond, Dezmond in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Desmond and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aimond (see Aimon), Armond, Daemon, Daimon, Daimond, Damone, Dashonn (see Da-), Daymond, Deacon, Deavon, Deecon, Deekon, Deion, Dejon, Deleon, Delmon, Delmont, Delmor (see Delmar), Delmore, Delon, Delron, Delvon, Demond, Demonte, Denman, Deonn, Derland, Dermott, Deron, Derron, Dervon, Deshad (see Deshan), Deshan, Deshane, Deshon, Destan, Destin, Deston, Deveon, Devion, Devland, Devlon, Devon, Devron, Dewonn (see Dejuan), Dexton, Deyon, Diamond, Dumont, Duston, Dyson, Edmond, Egmond, Esmond, Esmund, Hammond, Jamond, Lammond, Lamond, Lemond, Ormond, Osmond, Osmund, Radmond (see Redmond), Raemond, Raimond, Raymond, Redmond, Redmund (see Redmond), Reymond, Segismond (see Sigmund), Seigmond, Sigmond, Tedmond and Tedmund. These names tend to be less frequently used than Desmond.

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